Top 5 Tips for Switching Your Homeowner’s Insurance

Some people ask themselves this question all the time: should I ask my insurance broker to help me find a new homeowner’s insurance policy? When it comes down to it, you may be ready for a change. Either your insurance policy is too expensive, or you are looking for a company with a better policy for a better price. Switching your homeowner’s insurance policy is incredibly easy and people do it all the time. However, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when you do. When you do make the switch, there are a few people you...

5 Hard and Fast Rules for First Time Home Buyers

Purchasing your first home is a really big deal – it’s what puts you in the big leagues. No more do you have to keep shelling out money for rent and not really seeing any return except for the comfort of having a roof over your head. Of course there will always be that section of people who believe renting is better than buying, but if you are truly financially and emotionally settled in your life, you should definitely purchase. However, there are a few basic and fundamental rules that you must follow before you do. Owning a home is...

5 Important Things to Look for When House Hunting

House hunting is an exciting experience. You are searching for a new home where you will be able to share your life with your family and enjoy countless memories. While this is an experience to look forward to, it can also be an overwhelming and stressful experience if you are unfamiliar with the real estate process. When house hunting, here are 5 important things to look for so that you can invest wisely in a new home. Location is the most important factor to consider when searching for a home. You could find your dream home, but if it is...

5 Homeowner Insurance Cost Reduction Tips

With the rise of more and more natural disasters – not to mention economic uncertainty – the cost of insuring homes is skyrocketing. While most insurance companies are reaping the benefits, homeowners are left trying to figure out how to pay for it all. On top of your mortgage, taxes and all the other costs that go along with homeownership, the last thing in the world you want to be gouged for is homeowner insurance. Luckily, there are a number of resourceful ways to save money and reduce costs on your insurance rates. You may have to make a few sacrifices...

Buying a Home for Resale Value: 5 Major Factors to Consider

Although most of us are looking for a place to call home when we seek property to purchase, very few people totally disregard the prospect of resale value in the decision-making process. The majority of us look for a house that we can envision ourselves living in and loving. But we are also cognizant of the fact that buying real estate is a big investment – one that stands to deliver a major payoff one day when we’re ready to sell. And the nice thing about having such an asset is that even if it never appreciates in value, you’ll...

Top 5 Rental Property Investing Tips

Right now, the real estate market is at a healthy middle point between profitability and the slump that it was in only a few years ago. This means that now is the perfect time to start investing in rental properties. When it comes down to it, investing in property with the purpose to rent out apartments and houses to tenants is one of the smartest investment moves you can make. Not only are mortgage rates at an all time low, but also there are a lot of available properties out there that can offer a significant return on your investment....

5 Budget-Friendly International Travel Tips

Traveling light may also mean traveling on a budget. In most cases, there aren’t a lot of opportunities where you can plan your dream vacation and make it become reality. Most people don’t have the budget for this kind of spontaneity or frivolity. However, just because a certain dream vacation doesn’t fit your budget, it doesn’t mean that you can’t tailor and customize your dream vacation so that it does fit. Sure, you may not get the expansive villa and you may not fly to your destination first class, but you will get to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells...

Leaving Town: 5 Ways to Save Money on Moving Expenses

Moving can take a serious toll on you. People say that the simple act of moving to a new apartment or house can be more stressful than anything else in your life. Most of this stress has to do with how expensive it is to move. Not only do you have to worry about paying for your first month’s rent and a deposit, but you also have to pay for other expenses too, like hiring a moving truck, boxing up all your items, fuel and purchasing furniture for your new house or apartment. However, there are a few ways to...

5 Steps for Reducing Flood and Water Damage to Your Home

There are a number of reasons why you may be experiencing floods or water damage. Floods can be caused by the simple fact that your town or community is on sea level and it becomes inundated every time there is a major storm, or the flood can be caused by a number of different factors. Floods can cause water damage and loss of personal property. Not to mention, floods can be incredibly stressful and tragic, especially if you lose your home and prized possessions. Moreover, many people have no idea how to better protect their home from water damage. When...

5 Personal Finance Tips for College Freshman

Although a college education is one of the best investments that you can ever make, it’s definitely not the cheapest. In fact, according to many published reports, not only do 60 percent of people who go to college need financial assistance, but over 37 million of them find themselves in debt following graduation. And when you owe the government money, that can significantly affect your credit score which can ultimately hinder you from making major purchases like houses and cars. That’s why if you’re a college freshman, it’s important that you start your college career off strong by making wise...

Should You Consider Attending College Abroad to Save Money?

There used to be a time when if you heard that someone was attending a college overseas, there was a natural assumption that they must be wealthy. However, as of late, there are actually many articles which indicate that some people are choosing to go to school abroad because one, they feel that they are able to get a more quality education and two, it is more affordable. If you find that second point to be pretty hard to believe and you would like some reasons why more and more people are coming to that conclusion, we have provided you...

How to Save Money on Life Insurance

Most people shy away from conversations about death. And that’s understandable; a vast majority of people find it very hard to come to terms with our mortality. But in truth, death is a part of life, and so making allowances for the inevitable is both responsible and financially beneficial. It’s true that we cannot put a price on our lives, but we can save money on life insurance. Here are some great tips to help you do just that. Do Your Research The widespread prevalence of the internet in recent times has meant that businesses in general are becoming far...

Easy and Effective Ways to Lower Life Insurance Costs

All of us are looking for ways to save money. So, if you haven’t taken out a life insurance policy yet because in your mind, you feel like it’s an additional expense that you don’t need, we want to take out a moment to provide you with a few solid reasons why having life insurance is a good idea. For one thing, should you happen to pass, it will provide your family with the monies that are needed to pay for any medical bills and funeral costs. Secondly, if you happen to leave any unpaid debt or taxes behind, life...

Is your lifestyle affecting your insurance premiums?

A number of things affect our insurance premiums, none so more than our lifestyle. How we live and how well we look after our health, property, and other belongings has a direct bearing on how much we pay for them in the form of insurance premiums each year. Whether it’s your house, your car, or your health, you can bring down the premiums for each of them by taking good care of everything you own. Seriously, the good ole sense of responsibility is universally rewarded! In this post we look at how a bit of carelessness here and there can...

5 Benefits of Buying a Home During the Holiday Season

Most people would probably rather not find themselves in search of a new place to live during the busy holiday season, but if the timing is right, you’ve just sold a home, or you’ve finally saved up enough to get out of your tiny apartment and into a house, then perhaps the best present you could give yourself and your family is a home for the holidays. Although it is already a stressful time of year and you’re likely not keen on the prospect of heaping on the additional pressures of house hunting, filling out loan paperwork, and moving, you...

Low-Cost MBA Options for Broke Students

Some people just aren’t well-suited for the demands of collegiate programs. In some cases they simply don’t want to continue going to school when they could start working instead. Or they may have learning disabilities that make academic coursework more of a struggle than it is for other students. But if the reason you’re not chasing your dreams of earning a college degree has to do with the fact that you’re lacking in funds, you should know that an MBA program isn’t out of your reach simply because you’re low on cash. Even broke students can find ways to continue...

Plan Your Debts and Avoid Penalties

No-one wants to be in debt, but the reality is that most people will have to borrow money at some point during their lifetime. You cannot underestimate the importance of a sensible loan repayment service that is integrated within a loan facilitator. It is vital to plan your debts in order to avoid costly penalties. Be Honest Many people with lots of different debts, including secured and unsecured loans, credit card debt and overdrafts, don’t want to face up to how much they actually owe. However, if you’re honest about this you can start planning a strategy for dealing with...

4 Ways to Invest your Money in 2014

A new year is around the corner, once Christmas is out of the way it’s always How can you make your hard-earned money work hard for you?  If you are thinking about investing, here are four options worth considering: Investing in the stock market – Although not without risk, as shares can go down as well as up, this type of investment is traditionally a strong long-term option.  A good return in the short-term is rare, but if you are patient and you are in it for the long run, investing in the stock market after the Global Financial Crisis...

The changing role of risk management in the modern world

Looking at the changing role of risk management and how people from a variety of sectors and backgrounds are beginning to accept the value of effective risk management strategy across numerous settings. How the strategy has infiltrated everything from cyber security to tackling poverty in recent times and asking where else it can be used within modern society. There so many new factors which have to be considered in risk management assessments now, such as social media, that didn’t exist years ago. Does this make the initial assessment process tougher? Are risk management strategies becoming more popular? Many people probably...

Benefits of Offshore Banking

Many people hear the phrase “offshore banking”, and don’t know what that means, or they don’t know that it can help individual people as much as it can help large corporations. But there are many benefits to using an offshore bank. One of the biggest benefits is that since most offshore banks operate in countries with fewer taxes, accounts in these banks will pay interest without seeing taxes deducted from it, making this a good option for those who don’t need to pay taxes on global income. Also, interest rates are sometimes higher with offshore bank accounts, offering better returns...

A Fast Way To Earn Extra Money

These days, people are looking for different ways to make extra money. Some people take part-time jobs, some people start a side business, and other people sell some of their excess stuff. One of the best ways to make some extra cash is by selling DVDs, CDs, and games over the Internet. This is an easy way to get needed cash quickly. There are many ways to sell these items over the Internet, but increasingly people are turning to large online companies that buy such items. These companies typically buy most DVDs, CDs, and games. The prices they pay are...

Cloud Looms over Portfolio Management Software

For fund managers, financial advisers, and Registered Investment Advisors, getting a holistic view of the risk/reward value of all the assets under management has not been easy.  A great deal of the portfolio management software currently available is still somewhat “clunky”: customized spreadsheets cobbled-together with various specialized programs, some of which depend on data uploaded from public sources. “In the past most portfolio management software has largely been accountant-driven,” explains Daniel Rotherford, investment fund officer at Legal & General Unit Trust. “But fund managers gain immensely from a global view what is happening throughout their holdings. This is now much...

Tips on How to Get Ahead of the Financial Game

There are so many fun ways to spend money. With a smartphone and a $5000 credit limit, you can buy a diamond encrusted Bluetooth headset without ever having to get up from your bar stool. Wants and needs can be hard to tell apart, but it’s time to come down from the consumption-induced high and realize that you didn’t really need the gold plated staples or the Jedi bathrobe. Don’t succumb to feeling guilty. Shame about where your priorities were in the past isn’t going to help you now. Focus instead on changing your habits today. Here are a few...